With a couple of tips, capturing clear photos with your ‘smartphone’ will no longer be an impossible task.
Are you having difficulties so that the photos captured with your phone have a clear appearance?
These are some ways to make sure that the photo on your mobile device gives clear, not blurry, results. Many of these principles apply also to photos captured with conventional cameras, so do not feel left out if you are not fascinated by photography made with a mobile device.
Keep it stable
Movement can make photos look blurred. The first step to ensure you have clear photos is to have a stabilization system for the device. Shivering of the camera can also occur when you tap the screen to take a picture. To decrease the possibility of movement, use the phone’s automatic timer mode.
Some phones also have physical buttons that you can use to capture photos instead of having to press an icon on the screen. Even headphones can be used to activate the shutter without touching the screen.
Clean the lenses
Have you cleaned the camera lenses recently? Maybe it’s time to clean them, especially if they’ve been in contact with sticky fingers or have been staggering in a pocket for a whole day. The stains and residues that remain on the lenses act as petroleum jelly: the images look soft, stained and out of focus. You can bring clarity to the images by gently wiping the lens with a soft cloth. It would be ideal if you used a cloth designed to clean lenses or glass.
Sometimes the lack of sharpness is due to the subject being out of focus. Most smartphones allow you to tap the screen where you want the photo to focus, thus avoiding errors in the autofocus (AF). A function called AF lock can help you keep your focus exactly where you want it, even when you have to compose the frame of the image.
Search the light
If you shoot in bright conditions, the results are better compared to the images you take in low light conditions. Unlike conventional cameras, the cameras of telephones have a fixed aperture lens. To adjust the exposure, the phone has to adjust the shutter speed and ISO instead of the aperture.
To obtain the correct exposure in low light conditions, the camera of the telephone has to keep the shutter open for a longer period of time, which increases the possibility of stains, movement and visual noise.
Also, try to avoid using digital zoom as much as possible, as this makes the photos look soft and fogged.
Apps can give you a little hand
Even when treated with meticulous technique, some photos still require a little more help. In this case, try to edit photos using an app or import photos to a program like Photoshop to make adjustments.